WHY WE BELIEVE / REDISCOVER YOUR FAITH
Over the course of the next nine months, we will be offering new adult formation initiatives for parishioners. The first, released this fall, entitled ‘Why We Believe | Rediscover Your Faith’, will be focused on answering the most commonly asked questions about the Catholic faith.
- Do you have questions about the Catholic Church that have not et been answered?
- Do you have a desire to more fully understand the faith you believe?
- Has a friend or family member asked you questions about your faith that you struggle to answer?
Beginning the week of September 10, every church throughout the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux will be offering an 8-week video study on the most commonly asked questions about Catholic Faith. This study, will be made available online for all parishioners. You can learn more at our diocesan website at htdiocese.org/WhyWeBelieve. Sign-Ups will begin Saturday, August 19 at https://htdiocese.org/sign-up.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process that introduces people to the Catholic Faith. This process is for people who have never been baptized, those who have been baptized in another Christian Faith and are now seeking to enter the Catholic Faith. We also invite people who are Catholic, but have not received the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The first informational meeting is on August 22, beginning at 6 PM. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or know someone who is interested in knowing more about the Catholic Faith, please call Mrs. Linda Danos at the office: 985-537-3204.
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY INFO
ATTENTION! WEDDING ANNIVERSARY INFORMATION
Anniversary Couples celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and beyond years of marriage from January 2017 through December 2017, will be honored on OCTOBER 22 during the 10:00 a.m. mass here at St. Mary’s Nativity Church. The Anniversary Couples will receive an inscribed Diocesan Certificate at that mass. There will be a Prayer Service and Reception in honor of all Anniversary Couples at St. Frances de Sales Cathedral, Houma, at 2:00 p.m. and a reception will follow in the court yard. If you wish to participate in this event, please contact the Administration Office at 985-537-3204 BY FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017.
As all of you know, we have a great big debt and for the last few years it has really not gone down because of the interest. Our interest for this past year was over $66,000.00, on a debt of more than 1.5 Million. The Diocesan Finance Office has cancelled our interest for now. It will be reviewed every year. Therefore, this means that whatever we pay on the debt goes totally against the principal of the debt, NO INTEREST. They are also giving us a grant to pay for any increase in Cathedraticum (what we pay to the diocese) for this year. This means that we will pay the same as last year.
Now is the time for us to try and raise as much money as we can. The Fundraiser Committee is now meeting with others to come up with different ideas of what kind of big fundraisers we can do this year so that we can put as much money as we can straight on the debt. Our last Fundraiser, the Steak Dinner and Auction, raised about $30,000.00. After expenses we were able to send $27,300.00 straight on the Debt. Thanks to all.
Let’s try to work together to make this the best that it can be as we try to move forward in our parish.
ST. MARY'S SCHOOL GALA
St. Mary’s Nativity School’s Fourth Annual Gala will be on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Royal Villa. The party will begin with silent auction and music. A meal will be served and a live auction will follow the meal to end this lovely evening. Tickets are $50 per person. You may reserve a table of 8 for $425.00 or a table of 10 for $525.00. You must be 21 years of age to attend. All donations are tax deductible. You may purchase your tickets through St. Mary’s Nativity School office or through the mail at: 3492 Nies St. Raceland, LA 70394. Please contact the school office for any questions at 985-537-7544.
We are in need of auction items. We appreciate anything you are able to donate. Please contact school about auction items also.
https://stmarysnativity.weshareonline.org/In an effort to beautify the grounds in front St. Mary's Church Parish Office we are planning to create a bricked area which can be used as a prayer place. Remember your loved ones in a special way by purchasing a memorial brick(s) to help build this area. By purchasing a brick you are not only creating an area for prayer and remembering your loved ones but also helping St. Mary to reduce the financial debt. You can purchase your memorial brick through the Online Giving tab or call the Church Parish Office for more information.
- Very Rev. Charles Perkins, V.F., Pastor
- Rev. Jacob Lipari III, Associate Pastor
- Deacon Lloyd Duplantis, Deacon
- Betty Foret, Administrative Assistant/Business Office Manager
- Carol R Falgoust, Receptionist/Secretary/Safe Environment Coordinator
- Linda Danos, Director of Religious Education
- Linda R Foret, Housekeeper
- Nolan Davaine, Parish/Cemetery Custodian
Sunday: 8 AM
10 AM & 7 PM
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday: 7 AM
Thursday: NO MASS
Friday: 7 AM (June 1 - August 15)
8:45 AM School Mass (August 16 - May 31)
Closed for Lunch - Noon - 1 PM
1 PM - 4 PM Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday afternoons
FAX NUMBER: (985) 537-3235
Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is administered each month after weekend Mass. A meeting with the priest or attendance at a Baptismal Seminar is required. Please call the Church Office for more information.
Confessions are heard 30 minutes before Mass until 10 minutes before Mass begins. Private confessions by appointment.
Sacrament of Marriage
Initial contact with the priest or deacon who will officiate must be made at least SIX MONTHS PRIOR to the proposed wedding date. Participation in the Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is required. Call the Church Office for more information.